Entries by John Moore

Jesus Christ Superstar is Reborn

From blasphemy to Broadway to banned to broadcast television, few pop-culture titles have generated the kind of buzz Jesus Christ Superstar has generated. More than 50 years since its debut, this iconic musical phenomenon is back, buoyed by a jaw-dropping 2018 reimagination that aired as a live concert on NBC and left many critics saying […]

DCPA’s Claudia Carson to Retire: A Lasting Legacy

Last week, not an hour after Claudia Carson first gathered this year’s 10 finalists for the Outstanding Lead Performer 2023 Bobby G High School Musical Theatre Awards, “it” happened – as it so often has since 2013: Competition dissolved into camaraderie right before her very eyes. “The top priority for me, the minute I meet […]

1776: Redefining a Moment in History

Acclaimed director Diane Paulus’ personal mantra as an artist is to always expand the boundaries of theater – or why even bother? She did that when she reimagined the classic Broadway musicals Hair, Porgy & Bess and Pippin; the films Finding Neverland and Waitress, and even Alanis Morissette’s platinum-selling album Jagged Little Pill. And she’s done […]

Making It Through High School with Mean Girls

For millions of us, high school was no laughing matter. More like downright grotsky. Until there was Tina. Celebrated comedy writer Tina Fey found fetch in your mom’s chest hair when she wrote the catchphrase-rich screenplay for Mean Girls, which rocketed from teen cult fave to bona-fide box-office pink in 2004, grossing more than $128 […]